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us. nightly news is next. you can catch us online at we'll be back at 6:00. tonight, a controversial deadly police shooting with shocking new video. officers appearing to fatally open fire when a man pinned to the ground. protests erupting and outrage nationwide. no charges, late word the justice department will not charge hillary clinton over her e-mails. donald trump and the gop demanding answers and the head of the fbi called before congress. fire danger recall, new warning for hundreds of thousands of those popular hoverboards over the risk of suddenly bursting into flames. not so fast, president obama pumps the brakes on plans to withdraw u.s. troops from america's longest war.
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don't get burned as a scorching heat wave rips the u.s. thee things to look for to make sure you're protected by your sunscreen. "nightly news" begins right now. >> announcer: from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt. >> good evening, a deadly struggle between police and louisiana and the man they were trying to arrest captured on video and shared around the world today is provoking questions and outrage. the video appears to show a baton rouge policeman shooting a 37-year-old man as officers held him down on the ground. but neither it or the video shows everything. the justice department opens a civil rights investigation and a family grieves, the question tonight is what exactly preceded the use of deadly force? >> nbc's gabe gutierrez has the disturbing images. >> reporter: tonight, in this newly released cell phone video, a closer look at the final moments of alton sterling's life.
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baton rouge police say early tuesday morning a 911 caller said someone matching sterling's description had threatened him with a gun outside a convenience store. >> he pulled the gun out and told him he couldn't be there. >> reporter: police say when two officers arrived they confronted sterling. this first eyewitness video shows the officers tackling and wrestling sterling to the ground. seconds later, gunshots. this other cell phone video made public late today was shot by the store's owner. at one point an officer yells, he's got a gun. >> was he acting aggressive in any way towards these officers? >> he just wanted to know what was going on, why are they coming to arrest him. >> reporter: abdullah says sterling had sold cds outside for years and had recently started carrying a gun for protection. these up close stills from his video show an officer pull an unidentified object from sterling's pocket. police have not confirmed what that
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is. it's also not clear what happened before the cameras started recording. sterling's death quickly spread through social media and prompted peaceful protests. >> the individual involved in his murder took away a man with children. >> quineta mcmillan is the mother of sterling's 15-year-old son who couldn't hold back tears during an emotional press conference. >> i for one will not rest. and we're not alone. y'all, to sweep him in the dirt. >> reporter: less than 36 hours after the incident, the governor announced the department of justice's civil rights division would lead the investigation. the outrage here is rippling across parts of the country including demonstrators in philadelphia. the two officers involved in this shooting are three and four year veterans on the force and both on administrative leave and local authorities are urging any
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protesters here tonight to remain peaceful. >> lots of questions to be answered, thank you. late word tonight from the justice department and attorney general loretta lynch it will go along with the fbi's recommendations and not file charges against hillary clinton over her private e-mail use while she was secretary of state. ahead of that announcement, republicans summoned fbi director james comey to testify before congress tomorrow about the bureau's findings in the case, as our katy tur explains, the anger has led to a moment of unity for donald trump and the gop. >> she lied! >> reporter: donald trump and the gop finally on the same page, finding common ground in a common enemy. trump blasting out a he said-she said rebuke. >> i did not send or receive any information that was marked classified. >> eight of those chains contained information that was top secret. >> reporter: and the party calling for hearings on capitol hill where house republicans will grill fbi director james comey tomorrow and
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attorney general loretta lynch next week over the recommendation not to prosecute hillary clinton. >> we have seen nothing but stonewalling and dishonesty from secretary clinton on this issue. that means there are a lot more questions that need be answered. >> reporter: trump drew attention away from the e-mail scandal by again praising saddam hussein at a rally in raleigh. >> he killed terrorists. he did that so good. >> donald trump could have had the whole republican party singing off a single song sheet. instead, he got himself off script and you see republicans in this sort of state of disarray. >> reporter: trump's rhetoric a liability to some independents in ohio, even ones who don't like clinton. >> who's your vote now? >> i don't like either candidate. >> reporter: republicans haven't won ohio since abraham lincoln in 1860. and while trump may appeal to working
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classmen, it's undecided like jillian who may make or break his campaign. >> the thing he says about race, women, immigrants, business policy, i can't overlook that just because i want change. >> reporter: trump's vp list is narrowing today. both senators joanie earnst and bob corker took themselves out of the running and trump is continuing his onstage auditions tonight joined in cincinnati by newt gingrich. lester? >> katy tur, thank you. out of the cloud by the findings about her e-mails, hillary clinton went on attack against trump today at a rally in atlantic city under the shadow of a now shuttered trump casino and called them to question trump's business judgment, something that he made a cornerstone of his campaign. criticizing his company's filing for bankruptcy. we get more from nbc's andrea mitchell. >> reporter: today in atlantic city, hillary clinton again trying to change the subject from her e-mail scandal, hammering donald trump for his bankruptcies. >> it's fair to ask since he is applying
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for a job, what in the world happened here? >> reporter: clinton meeting with striking workers at trump's former taj mahal who claim they lost their pensions and healthcare. >> the people he's trying to convince to vote for him now are the same people he's been exploiting for years. >> reporter: trump today calling bankruptcy proceedings a commonly used practice that ultimately saved jobs. clinton going after trump's record but tonight still trying to defend her own. after the fbi director's blistering attack on her judgment, contradicting many of her public defenses for her e-mail server. >> i did not send or receive any material marked classified. >> 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information. >> there were no security breaches. >> it is possible that hostile actors gained access to secretary clinton's personal e-mail account.
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>> but none of it enough to bring charges. >> director comey was very clear that the evidence didn't show the intent to district classified information. >> reporter: clinton's legal issues gone but that political firestorm growing. >> things that comey said will continue, i think, to weigh on her, from now probably all the way to election day. >> reporter: tonight, voters reacting. >> well, i was going to vote for hillary. now, i don't even know if i will vote this election. >> i don't think that was a major issue and a major degree of importance in her election. >> reporter: and tonight, the clinton campaign says that the attorney general's decision not to prosecute resolves the matter and republicans shouldn't play politics, in their view. another positive sign for clinton, nbc news has learned from democratic sources bernie sanders could endorse clinton next tuesday in new hampshire, it all depends how talks on the party platform go this weekend. lester. >> andrea mitchell in
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atlantic city tonight, thank you. this country's longest war just got longer for thousands of u.s. troops. president obama announced far more americans will remain in afghanistan when his term ends than he had promises earlier. about 8400 troops, roughly 3,000 more than planned. the president said the security situation remains precarious, afghanistan, he says, still faces terrorist threats of al qaeda, a resurgent taliban and isis. a major safety recall to tell you about tonight concerning those popular hoverboards. the consumer product safety commission calling hundreds of thousands of them due to potential fire danger posed by their lithium ion batteries. here's nbc tom costello tells us in some cases entire homes that burned to the ground. >> reporter: included in today's recall, half a million self-balancing scooters, most commonly known as hover boards linked to nearly 100 incidents of sparking, smoking, overheating and catastrophic fires. >> we almost lost two of our children.
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two of our children almost died because of the christmas gift. >> reporter: in nashville the fox family lost their entire home in january. investigators determined their new hoverboard started the fire that then spread to the living room. >> all the models that were recalled were made with fundamental design flaws that put people at real risk. >> reporter: so far, roughly 7200 injuries treated in ers, while more than half were broken bones from falling, there have also been reports of serious burns. investigators say the lithium ion batteries can suddenly overheat melting the plastic casing and causing a fire. none of the recalled models were ul certified. >> improper design and improper manufacturing and i would actually say, irresponsible sales. >> reporter: more than half the recalled recover boards come from swagway. today, the company did
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not return our e-mails but is now selling models that are approved by underwriter's laboratory. >> safety regulators say the ul standard is not required. it is not ul approved. it doesn't have it on the box. if yours isn't approved, you can return it for a refund or repair. tom costello, nbc news, washington. across a huge part of the country tonight, the heat is a big concern with temperatures in the 90s in the south, the plains and the northeast. it's only going to get worse before it gets better. meteorologist, dylan dreyer has our report. >> the heat is officially on. across the u.s. today, nearly 59 million people are under heat advisories or warnings. >> we have sno-cones to cool off. >> definitely a must. >> reporter: in philadelphia, temperature 93 degrees but feels like 96. dallas, 105 degrees, oklahoma city, residents are melting in temperatures that feel like 106. new york issued an air quality advisory as temperatures crept into the 90s leaving city residents scrambling for
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creative ways to keep cool. >> i'm getting splashed constantly. >> reporter: in delaware, kids took to the water, too. doctors are quick to remind, it's not just for splashing. >> in the past, we would recommend only to drink when thirsty. when it's this hot outside, you really need to get ahead of the curve so to speak. >> reporter: in tennessee, one mom took to facebook to warn of another heat danger. playgrounds. her 14-year-old son suffered burns from too hot equipment. and it led to storms in illinois downing trees and power lines and minnesota saw heavy rain and several tornadoes touch down last night and atlanta pummeled by driving rains and heat that will continue the rest of the week. now, from the plains to the midwest to the south and into the northeast, temperatures the next several days will be in the 90s to near 100. it's the humidity that's going to make it feel about 5 to 10 degrees warmer than that. but the good news is by the time we get to
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sunday, lester, we should finally start to see a cooldown for everyone. >> glad to see you in the shade, dylan. thanks very much. a sexual harassment scandal is rocking the world of cable news. gretchen carlson until recently was an anchor for fox news is suing the channel's powerful ceo, roger ailes. she accuses him of firing her for refusing his sexual advances. cynthia mcfadden. >> reporter: gretchen carlson worked at fox news for over a decade until last month that is when she says the chairman of the company, roger ailes, fired her. fox news says she wasn't fired, her contract was not renewed. today, she came back swinging, accusing ailes, one of the most powerful men in media, of a litany of boorish and harassing behavior, including claims that he ogled her and made sexual remarks to her and ultimately fired her for failing to engage in a sexual relationship with him quoting him as saying
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i think you and i should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago adding that sometimes problems are easier to solve that way. carlson was crowned miss america in 1989. a stanford university graduate, she claims her troubles began in 2009, while working as co-anchor of "fox & friends." she was often razzed on air by her co-host brian kilmeade. >> why is it that you talk so much, gretchen? >> because i can. >> reporter: that kind of bander did not bother carlson, say her lawyers, rather it was the show's other anchor, steve doocy, who she said treated her in such a condescending way, so much he called her a man hater and gave her her own show. >> our big thanks to roger ailes for believing in me. and giving me this opportunity. >> she said she had the highest rated program in her time
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slot. why was she taken off the air if not for reporting sexual harassment to the ceo and by the ceo? >> carlson is suing ailes directly, not fox news. as for roger ailes, he contacted us tonight and said gretchen carlson's allegations are false and this is a retaliatory suit for the decision not to renew her contract due to the fact her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup. meanwhile, carlson's lawyers say they have already contacted by numerous former fox employees, who want to discuss how the women were treated at the network. lester? >> cynthia mcfadden, thank you. still ahead tonight, new revelations of americans and sunscreen and many popular ones don't meet dermatologists standards and three things to look for to protect yourself and
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your family. and olympian oscar pistorius learns his fate for the murder of his girlfriend.
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we're back with a new warning as the heat of summer sets in. don't get burned by the sun or by choosing the wrong sunscreen. turns out many of us are buying sunscreens without enough protection. tonight, what some doctors consider the three must-haves. >> reporter: as summer starts to sizzle, we know we're supposed to
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wear sunscreen. >> make sure you go ahead and put on that sunscreen! >> reporter: but what we're buying might not be giving us the best protection. a new study published today found out of 65 of the sunscreen products with the highest customer reviews on amazon, 40% didn't meet dermatologists requirements. spf 30 or more, water resistant, broad spectrum protection, instead consumers pay more attention to fragrance or how it feels on the skin. >> something that's easy to spread. >> i like something that smells nice. >> reporter: what do you think about when you're picking a sunscreen? >> the brand. >> reporter: waterproof sunscreen might feel sticky but dermatologists say it's important. >> people do tend to have increased number of burns when they're spending the day outdoors, in and outside of water, at the pool or beach. >> reporter: however, the industry says the
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fda regulates sunscreens for effectiveness and not all have to be water resistant especially in cooler temperatures. the study also found you don't have to spend a lot. 9 out of 10 of the least expensive sunscreens met the guidelines. in fact, it's free in boston, with sunscreen dispensers set up across the city saving lives from skin cancer, the most common kind of cancer and one you can avoid. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. we're back with eye opening news about the safety of america's roadways.
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olympic sprinter oscar pistorius has been sentenced to six years in prison for his girlfriend's murder, far less than the minimum 15 years of south african law, his attorneys arguing his disability is a mitigating factor. pistorius shot and killed reeva steenkamp in 2013 claiming he mistook her for a burglar.
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saying while fatal crashes fell 31% from 2000 to 2013, many other countries did much better. there were more than 32,000 crash deaths in 2013. drunk driving, speeding and not using seatbelts contributed almost equally. about 90 people die in crashes every day in this country. up next, we go to a hospital with the kind of therapy only they can give.
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finally tonight, we're going to stop by a hospital where intensive care now includes something so basic, so comforting that you wonder why it's not a standard part of getting better. here's joe fryer. >> reporter: a hospital bed inside an intensive care unit can feel like a lonely island surrounded by streams of tubes and the relentless chirping of vital machines, which is why this may look like a cruel mirage. >> hi, buddy. >> there you go. he's a kisser and a lover. >> reporter: but really, it's just what the doctor ordered. >> how do the patients react to the dogs? >> most of the time they're excited and
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you can see they perk up a little bit. >> this is princess. >> reporter: two dogs regularly visit the ic unit at washington med star hospital center. buddy with a whisker to whisker grin and princess, a five pound peek niece pain reliever. >> a lot of us are in a lot of pain and seeing a dog alleviates that pain. >> reporter: you're bringing in a dog with fur and everything else like that. >> there's never been a case of infection transferred to a therapy patient. >> reporter: they're so comforting we saw not just one but two patients gently lulled to sleep. >> thank you for bringing her. >> reporter: even the hospital staff is smitten including dr. raymond phillips who spent time with princess when he was a patient here. >> if she can bring you a little bit of
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serenity and peace and centeredness, that's a treat. >> a dog treat, redefining tlc in the icu. joe fryer, nbc news, washington. >> love a good dog story. that will do it for us on this wednesday night. i'm lester holt for all of us on nbc news. thanks for watching and good night. nbc bay area news begins with breaking news. right now at 6:00, breaking news. flash bangs and bean bag guns. a four-hour standoff in san francisco has just come to an end. good evening and thanks for joining us. i'm jessica aguirre. i'm raj mathai. the stretcher is on the scene. here's what's happening. a swarm of officers shutting down the streets and ending this standoff. it lasted about four hours and just ended with an arrest. this is all unfolding at 7th and market in the tenderloin. nbc bay area, terry mcsweeney
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has been on scene for several hours. a lot of movement in the past few minutes. what's happening now? >> reporter: right now the suspect, the person who had the gun and had police tied up for four hours out here is on his way to the hospital. he was taken on a gurney a short time ago after being hit, again, with bean passion. take a look at -- you can see it in the distance there, the yellow covering of the person on the gurney at the end of this street. that is the person who had police out here for four hours. this all began about 2:00 this afternoon. a police received a report of a man with a gun waving a gun. police responded and confronted him, exchanged words, police backed off. they called out officers who had bean bag guns and they fired at him. one time we're told. knocked him down. he stayed down, facedown on jones street near 7th and market for four hours. police say it was pretty much a static scene as he lay there


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